New York City mayor considers potential curfew to curb violent protests

Wikimedia George Floyd riots in New York City May 30 2020

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The imposition of the curfew had been announced a few hours earlier by the mayor and NY state governor Andrew Cuomo after protests and looting during the weekend - notably in the trendy SoHo district.

They also urged protesters to cover their faces as the city remains the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday morning that the curfew would remain in place for the rest of the week, through at least Sunday.

Groups of young people moved from block to block around the district, usually bustling with tourists but deserted due to the coronavirus, with entire streets blocked by police. Wreckage littered the inside of an AT&T store.

Freddi Goldstein, a spokesman for de Blasio, called Cuomo's remarks "offensive to the men and women of the NYPD, who are out there every night trying to keep New Yorkers safe".

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Big crowds rallied in Times Square and Brooklyn in the afternoon and then problems started in the evening.

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De Blasio noted that daytime demonstrations over the last five days have been overwhelmingly peaceful.

The deliberations came as workers swept up broken glass outside luxury stores in Manhattan's chic SoHo neighbourhood, where people smashed windows and plundered shops overnight.

Earlier in the day, one Times Square demonstrator, Giselle Francisco, considered the curfew necessary.

"But as the night wears on we are seeing groups use them to incite violence and destroy property", the mayor said. "What happened in New York City was inexcusable", Cuomo said. "There were thousands of people in that area at that time". Hundreds were arrested, Shea said.

Earlier on Monday, de Blasio said at his daily briefing that he is planning to talk with other officials on a potential curfew in the nation's largest city.

"There are people using this as a reason to create chaos and be violent", she added. She was cited with a desk appearance ticket, which is handed out instead of a custodial arrest.

Her father said Monday she told him she'd behaved peacefully and believed she had followed police officers' instructions.

De Blasio has generally been supportive of the police response to protesters in recent days, even when pressed by reporters on aggressive law enforcement methods documented across the city.

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